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356th Fighter Squadron

Squadron

Commanding officers
  • James Howard

    Military | Brigadier General | Fighter Pilot 1055 single engine/Group Commander | 354th Fighter Group
    USN 1939-1941 flew F3Fs with VF-6 USS Enterprise CV-6 ...

  • Richard Turner

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Fighter Pilot 1055 single engine/Squadron Commander | 354th Fighter Group
    CO 356th FS 354th FG Feb 12, 1944 - Oct 2, 1944 & May 20, 1945 - Jun 12, 1945 ...

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  • 354th Fighter Group

    354th Fighter Group

    Group
    The Group moved to England in the autumn of 1943 and was assigned to the Ninth Air Force in December 1943. The Group were the first to fly P-51 Mustangs operationally and in their bomber escort missions pushed to find the long-range limits of the...

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People

  • William Aney

    Military | Technical Sergeant | GN | 354th Fighter Group
    Prisoner of War (POW)

  • Hayes Appell

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot, Pilot | 354th Fighter Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) when he baled out at about 18000ft he struck the tail with his legs and was taken to local hospital at Saarburg. Had mid-air collision.

  • Richard Asbury

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Fighter Pilot-1055 single engine | 354th Fighter Group
    1st tour Wingman/Element leader 382nd FS 363rd FG Aug. 1943 - Aug. 1944. ...

  • Richard Boes

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter pilot | 354th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 555FTS, 496FTG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 356FS, 354FG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) armed recon to Bockingen, Germany in P-51D 44-13561 'Short Fuze Sally' lagging behind was bounced by Me109's and shot down. Killed in Action (KIA)....

  • Cecil Buchanan

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot-1055 single engine | 354th Fighter Group
    wingman-element leader-flight leader 356th FS 354th FG 1944-45

  • James Carl

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot | 354th Fighter Group
    Born in Fayetteville, AR in 1921. Grew up in Quapaw,OK. Graduated Quapaw HS in 1941. Entered AAC Dec 27, 1941. Married Wilma Joyce Phillips April 8, 1944 in Tallahasse, FL. Flew 86 Combat missions in France and Germany. Lives in Catoosa, OK.

  • Jack Carr

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 354th Fighter Group

  • Young Davis

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 354th Fighter Group
    Killed in Action

  • Theodore Ditewig

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 354th Fighter Group

  • Theodore Ditewig

    Military | Second Lieutenant

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Aircraft

  • 42-102997

    P-51 Mustang

  • 42-106935

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 370FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 356FS, 354FG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Periers, France. Strafing horse drawn convoy, hit telegraph and attempted to belly land. Pilot Lt William J Walbrecker Killed in Action (KIA), 26-Jun-44...

  • 43-12196

    P-51 Mustang

  • 43-12199

    P-51 Mustang

  • 43-12205

    P-51 Mustang

  • 43-12206

    P-51 Mustang

  • 43-12223

    P-51 Mustang

  • 43-12309

    P-51 Mustang

  • 43-12418

    P-51 Mustang

  • 43-12441

    P-51 Mustang

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
25 March 2017 20:10:36 fugari Changes to nicknames, commanding officers associations, stations and media associations
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Date Contributor Update
13 March 2015 15:43:07 rossingtonj Changes to type
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Type added.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:42:48 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database / Units in the UK from ETOUSA Station List, as transcribed by Lt. Col. Philip Grinton (US Army, Retired) and extracted by IWM; air division data from L.D. Underwood, based on the 8th Air Force Strength Report of 6th August 1944, as published in 'The 8th Air Force Yearbook' by Lt. Col. John H Woolnough (1980)

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